U.S. News Twitter Chat: the Gluten-Free Diet

Leading experts will discuss the ins and outs of the gluten-free diet.

Twitter Chat -- Gluten

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, U.S. News will host a Twitter chat on the gluten-free diet. We'll discuss a range of topics – from who needs the gluten-free diet, to how common celiac disease is, to adjusting to a gluten-free lifestyle.

Who: U.S. News Health & Wellness will join leading experts, including: Jules Dowler Shepard, Shauna James Ahern, Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Celiac Sprue Association, Tamara Duker Freuman, National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, Nicole Hunn, Celiac.com and Danna Korn.

What: A live Twitter chat on the gluten-free diet. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #GlutenChat.

Where: http://tweetchat.com/room/GlutenChat

When: Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. EST.

Why: Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye, as well as many common food additives. It gives dough elasticity and baked goods their chewiness. Those who have celiac disease – caused by an overactive immune response to gluten in the small intestine – are encouraged to go gluten-free to avoid digestive symptoms like pain and diarrhea, and even permanent intestinal damage or malnutrition. There's no cure or medication other than a gluten-free diet. About 1 percent of the population suffers from celiac disease and about 10 percent have a less specific sensitivity to gluten, according to the Mayo Clinic. As the gluten-free diet becomes more mainstream, a growing number of people are adopting it for weight reasons, not health. During this #GlutenChat Twitter chat, experts will discuss whether that's a smart idea, along with everything else you need to know to successfully follow the approach.